Distracted by Life. Again.

by Yafa Crane Luria



Call Me Distracted

I resent being distracted by LIFE. I find it rude, thoughtless, and in poor taste. I mean, who does LIFE think it is? And doesn’t he, she, it or them know who I AM????

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I am prone to hyperfocus. I don’t have inattention as much as I used to, mostly because I’m an adult now and I’ve done my best to surround myself with interesting things. Still, when someone talks about politics or footy-ball, I want to put my head through a wall. That, or take a nap.

With most other topics and activities, I’m in it for life. I’ve made friends with books, book covers (especially the soft, silky ones), certain streets and street names, websites, blankets, pens, chairs, tables, scents, that certain pair of torn jeans. The list goes on.

So when LIFE shows up and says, “Hey, over here!” I feel sad, like I’m losing a friendship that will never be the same ever again. Perhaps you understand? Perhaps you have a child who knows what I’m talking about?

Distractions are exhausting because, for a person with ADHD, they’re often not momentary but long, dragged-out, affairs: “When will this be over? Do I need to change my schedule? What’s on my schedule for today anyway? What about getting dressed? And do I need to redo my hair so it’s not quite so punk? And when will I be home so I can lie the hell down again? I’m already lonely for my Kindle and computer and I haven’t even turned them off yet.”

How does hyperfocus show up with your child? Share an example with us – I could use a break.

xo, Yafa

Copyright 2016 Yafa Luria/Margit Crane All Rights Reserved


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